Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers
USA – MLS Playoffs
Date: Sunday, 9th December 2018
Kick-off at 01.00 UK/ 02.00 CET
Venue: Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Atlanta).
The MLS Final is here. Atlanta United hosts Portland Timbers in the most anticipated match of the season for US Football fans. And yes, it’s not soccer.
Portland finished fifth in the Western Conference in their regular season. The team had managed to post 54 points on the board from their 34 games. Portland won 15 games, drew nine and lost the remaining ten. The Timbers scored an incredible 54 goals in their league campaign and conceded 48 in the process.
Atlanta United lost the top position in the Eastern Conference by a whisker to New York Red Bulls. United had recorded 69 points from their total 34 fixtures, winning 21, drawing six and losing ten. The team had scored the most number of goals in the whole league. 70 scored in favor. They limited the conceded goals to just 44, effectively making their goal difference +26.
Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers: MLS Semifinals
Portland took part in one of the best games in the whole season against Sporting Kansas City in the second leg of the semi-finals. The Timbers were on the road for the match. The game saw the lead exchanged several times.
Kansas scored the first goal of the match, in the 20th minute. The first half ended 1-0, in favor of the hosts. But Portland showed their mettle in the second half. They added two goals in the space of nine minutes. The match appeared to be heading their way. The first leg had ended in a 0-0 draw.
In the 81st minute, Fernando equalized the score for Sporting. The scoreline was 2-2. The penalty shootout was looming, and as is the norm, the hosts would have had the upper hand.
The game was getting out of hand for the referee, with several outbursts from the players and an extremely hostile crowd. Shutting them all up, Valleri became the hero for the visitors in the 90+9th minute of the game. Injury time ran longer because of the several stoppages.
Atlanta United had won their first leg in style at their home, against the New York Red Bulls, with a scoreline of 3-0. Though United lost the second leg, it cannot be really counted as a defeat. Atlanta was just trying to survive the match, without much effort, as they had the final already in minds. And as expected, Atlanta limited their loss to just 0-1, the aggregate being 1-3 in favor of Atlanta United.
Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers Head-to-head (h2h)
- Atlanta holds a 100% unbeaten record against Portland.
- The hosts, Atlanta was unbeaten in 15 of their last 19 games.
- Portland was winless in five of their last ten fixtures.
- Atlanta is unbeaten at home in their last 11 matches, eight of them wins.
- Portland is winless in nine of their last 12 matches on the road.
Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers Prediction
United holds the home advantage in this tie. They have scored the most number of goals in the entire league during the regular season. The team has a goal difference of +26, while Timbers has a GD of just +6.
Atlanta is unbeaten against Portland in h2h games.
In overall games, Atlanta remained unbeaten in 15 of their 19 games. Meanwhile, Portland was winless in five of their last ten matches.
At home, Atlanta is even scarier an opponent. They are unbeaten in their last 11 home matches in a row and managed to win eight of them. On the other hand, Portland usually struggles on the road. They are winless in nine of their last 12 away ties.
Atlanta will win this match, and take the crown.
Atlanta managed to get on the scoresheet in 23 of their last 26 home games. Portland did the same in 19 of their last 22 games on the road.
Both teams will get on the scoresheet, and it is highly likely that the match will have more than 2.5 goals. Punters in the mood can go for the option @ 1.80 odds.
Atlanta United vs Portland Timbers Betting Tips
Atlanta United to win @ 2.00 (1/1)
Both Teams to Score: YES @ 1.95 (10/11).